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CSIRO seeks GM wheat tests in Australia

The Australian government research group, the CSIRO, has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator to test genetically modified wheat and barley with various output traits. It wants to test 150 GM wheat lines with improved yield in heat- and drought-prone environments. The introduced genes from wheat and barley affect water use efficiency, photosynthesis and carbon assimilation. In a separate programme, the CSIRO wants to test 11 wheat lines and three barley lines with altered grain composition or nutrient utilisation efficiency. The two programmes would be conducted on sites of up to 0.1 ha and 2 ha, respectively, by the end of 2013.



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